Today blessed us with our first day of service work and the Jamaican sunshine, which came with some lovely tan lines for some of us. We were able to help with different jobs, such as painting or scraping walls inside and out. My favorite part personally, however, was interacting with the children during their recesses. Even though the children had no clue who we all were, it didn’t matter to them, which I really enjoyed and appreciated. I also had the privilege of a few school girls braiding my hair. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, it was also terribly painful. But of course one of my sisters was there to hold my hand through it.
Looking back on today, I really realized how much we truly take for granted; even the slightest thing, such as a phone or even a simple playground, because these children don’t have either and they are completely content with what little they have. After today I feel blessed with my life back home in Kansas, and will truly and fully appreciate it because of the experiences I have been given this week. I can’t speak for everyone else right now, but I can say that this has been one of the most rewarding opportunities I have had the chance to be a part of through Alpha Chi Omega.
I thought I would be going into this trip with the intention of changing the lives of others, but after today I truly believe that this place along with the people are going to end up impacting mine in an even bigger way.